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Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath (Xbox)

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MobyRank
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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.0
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.3
Overall MobyScore (23 votes) 4.1


The Press Says

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Play Magazine
I don’t know what else to say about Stranger other than if you have the means, purchase it right now. This is the game that proves once and for all that Oddworld is much more than an elite game developer. This is a group of ignited minds so brimming with creativity and dedication to bringing gamers fresh ideas that it’s altogether humbling. It’s almost as if they exist outside of the industry as a whole, far removed from any influence or inspiration other than their own. This is what happens when a group of ultra-talented people set out with a single vision in mind and work together as a team to make it a reality—a mantra that was once common in the gaming industry but over the last five years has all but dissipated as outside influences continue to barge in on the creative process. Basking in that again was for me a complete and utter joy; I only hope that over the course of the next few years I’ll get to experience it a few more times.
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Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Stranger's Wrath is another entry into a game of the year race that's growing quicker than any year before it. It finds itself on that list because of how much it offers to the player, and how immersed it makes them feel. It's an engrossing world, and though the series creator wants to take these characters elsewhere, here's hoping we can get at least one more visit.
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Armchair Empire, The
The Oddworld games have always been known for their great storylines, great graphics, and generally strange cast of eclectic monster-looking-but-not-quite-a-monster characters. Well, their newest game just got stranger. Or rather, it just got Stranger. The Xbox-exclusive Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath (OSW) is the best effort from a developer known already for good games. And OSW is much better than the previous Oddworld universe Xbox-exclusive title, Munch’s Oddysee, by bringing an absolutely amazing story, just as amazing graphics, and a Sergio Leone spaghetti Western flair to both its lead character and setting. OSW is a great action-adventure game that both fans and non-fans of Oddworld Inhabitants work will thoroughly enjoy.
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Kombo.com
One of the best first-person shooters on the Xbox, and likely to be in contention for 2005 game of the year. Great innovative gameplay backed by goegours visuals makes this venture into Oddworld worth any Xbox gamer's time.
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XboxFrance
Si les premières heures de jeu en compagnie de l’Etranger peuvent laisser perplexe, c’est avec le temps que l’on apprend à apprécier réellement ce quatrième jeu d’Oddworld Inhabitants. Proposant une réalisation graphique et technique époustouflante, un scénario certes classique mais efficace passées les premières heures de jeu et surtout un gameplay savoureux mariant à merveille les genres, La Fureur de l’Etranger s’inscrit sans aucun doute au panthéon des meilleurs jeux disponibles sur la boîte à Billou. Indispensable tout simplement, d'autant plus qu'on peut le trouver pour une bouchée de pain !
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Game Informer Magazine
A stunning and exquisitely realized masterpiece that delivers a gaming experience unlike any that we’ve seen before, Stranger’s Wrath rekindles the artistic allure of Oddworld’s previous works, and is truly visionary in its delivery of gameplay. Once you set foot in this imaginative world, you won’t want to leave it.
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XBox Front
Das neue Werk der „Oddworld Inhabitants“ ist endlich erschienen. Nach anfänglichen Publisher-Schwierigkeiten fand sich mit Electronic Arts nun ein sehr zugkräftiger Publisher, welcher „Oddworld: Stranger`s Wrath“ auf den Markt wirft. Waren die vergangen "Oddworld-Teile" stark rätsellastige Platformer, so präsentiert sich das neue Spiel aus dem "Oddworld-Universum" als Mischung aus Adventure und 3D-Shooter.
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GamePro (US)
Old-tyme Oddworld veterans may be a bit put off by the latest installment's apparently "dumbed-down" FPS intentions, but they shouldn't be--this game is just as creative and clever as the earlier Oddworlds, even if the Stranger spends most of his time staring down a targeting reticule.
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GameSpy
Granted, having extended conversations would seem a bit out of place in an action game like this, but without a real GameSpeak, it feels like a little piece of Oddworld is missing. But hey, those are about as minor as complaints can be. The fact is, Stranger's Wrath is an outstanding game that successfully combines two genres while never feeling as though it's neglecting either of them. The missions are well thought out and fun to play, with the bizarre weapons only adding to that fun. The wonderfully surreal art style, quirky characters, and funny dialogue that define Oddworld are also in place, making this some of the most fun I've had with my Xbox in some time.
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4Players.de
Es gibt einfach kein Game, das man mit Strangers Vergeltung vergleichen kann – bestenfalls die klassischen Oddworld-Games, die gleichermaßen verrückt sind, aber spielerisch einen anderen Ansatz haben. Der Stranger trabt und rennt durch ein ebenso faszinierendes wie süchtig machendes Szenario, das vor bizarren Einwohnern, durchgeknallten Gegnern, großartigem Humor und nicht zuletzt toller Optik nur so strotzt. Okay, im Missionsdesign gibt es auf Dauer die eine oder andere Abnutzungserscheinung, die in engen Räumen unzuverlässig torkelnde Kamera fällt auch unangenehm auf, außerdem finde ich den Namen etwas gestelzt. Aber der Rest ist Spielspaß pur: Oddworld Strangers Vergeltung ist das bislang beste Action-Adventure für die Xbox, und eine glasklare Empfehlung für alle, die ihre Spiele gerne etwas verrückter haben.
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Netjak
I have to say that Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath is the first really great game I have played in quite a long time. I have a soft spot for games that actually bring something new to the table in an otherwise overpopulated market of rehashed ideas and half-assed sequels. It's refreshing to see, and even more enjoyable to play. With great graphics, decent replay value, varied gameplay, a story worth paying attention to, and a uniqueness that could only be successfully pulled off by a developer like Oddworld Inhabitants, Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath is a pleasant surprise during a time of the year in which good games are very few and far between.
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IGN
Up until its latest effort, Oddworld's games have predominantly leaned toward simple action-puzzle titles. They're somewhat non-traditional titles filled with beautiful backgrounds and grotesque yet adorable characters, and they're heavy on language and attitude. Oddworld Stranger's Wrath marks the developer's exploration into an entirely different arena. Stranger is predominantly a first-person shooter that eschews the Oddworld games of the past. Stranger offers gamers a first- and third-person action-platform hybrid, starring a new lead character to set the pace for Lorne Lanning's ongoing Oddworld universe. The change is welcome.
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Retroage
Podsumowując, dla gry jaką jest Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath warto kupić Xboxa. Połączenie strzelanki z przygodówką w futurystycznym klimacie Dzikiego Zachodu stwarzają z tej gry niezapomniany tytuł.
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Gamesmania
Als Fan der ersten drei Oddworld-Teile musste ich zwar erstmal verdauern, nicht mit Abe oder Munch unterwegs zu sein, aber trotz Charakterwechsel fühlt man sich schon nach kurzer Zeit wieder heimisch in der herrlich abgedrehten Welt, die sich selbst nicht ganz ernst nimmt. Ebenso gelungen ist das actionreiche Gameplay, wobei mich persönlich vor allem die schnörkellosen Ego-Shooterkämpfe fasziniert haben, was auch an der erstklassigen Steuerung liegt. Das Problem des Abwechslungsreichtums war bereits in den vorherigen Oddworld-Spielen ein Kritikpunkt, stört aber durch die Spielzeit von ca. zwölf Stunden nicht so stark. Lediglich der äußerst knackige Schwierigkeitsgrad in den Boss-Kämpfen macht das Spiel für Anfänger eine Spur zu schwer, allerdings gibt es lobenswerterweise eine komfortable Quicksave-Funktion.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Heureuse renaissance que celle touchant le monde d'Oddworld. Effectivement après un Munch's Oddysée décevant de par son passage à la 3D pas toujours probant, La Fureur de l'Etranger renouvelle les codes inhérents à la série tout en conservant cette touche particulière. Innovant dans son gameplay, fascinant dans sa réalisation, le titre de Oddworld Inhabitants étonne à chaque seconde et se pose comme l'un des plus grands jeux de ce début d'année, malgré certains défauts un tantinet gênants. On attend désormais impatiemment la suite. En route foie jaune !
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GameSpot
Oddworld Inhabitants, the creator of the Oddworld universe, has turned out a few fairly different types of games set in the same unique universe. Abe's Oddysee looked like a 2D platformer, but was really more of a puzzle game, constantly forcing you to find the right path through a number of sticky situations. Abe teamed up with a wheelchair-bound fishlike thing named Munch for Munch's Oddysee, which took the puzzle-solving to 3D and played off the two-character team for much of its gameplay. The Oddworld series now sees its most drastic change yet with the release of Oddworld Stranger's Wrath. The new game's emphasis on action and its attempt to combine third-person platforming and first-person shooting means that this new Oddworld has little to do with previous games to bear the name, but regardless of its place in the franchise, Stranger's Wrath is a great game that brings together a few styles of gameplay startlingly well.
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Game Freaks 365
Oddworld Stranger's Wrath is going to be one of the biggest sleeper hits of 2005. Coming in after the huge holiday season and before the big releases of the spring should help out sales a bit, but not enough to make it a well-known title. Superb action, great length, gorgeous visuals and a lot of originality make this title a clear winner.
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Gamekult
Le système des munitions vivantes, très intéressant sur le papier, se concrétise sans écueil en offrant au joueur de vastes possibilités pour aborder chaque passage comme il le souhaite. Alors il n'est certes pas parfait, son scénario déçoit par son manque de réelles surprises, mais cet Oddworld bourré de charme, de trouvailles et doté d'une réalisation admirable, tant sonore que graphique, ne saurait décevoir. C'est un jeu coup de coeur, dont l'intelligence de conception force le respect, et qui restera à coup sûr une expérience marquante à laquelle notre mémoire attribuera probablement une place de choix. Paradoxalement, c'est aussi, peut-être, le premier véritable "jeu" dans l'univers Oddworld, dont le souci narratif ou l'importance d'un quelconque message sous-jacent passent au second plan derrière un plaisir de jeu authentique, basé sur une jouabilité plus riche et plus aboutie que celle de ses prédécesseurs.
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Factornews
A la fois FPS et jeu d’action à la troisième personne, La fureur de l'Etranger est aussi rafraîchissant qu’un bon jus de cactus sous un soleil de plomb. Loin de n’être qu’un simple exercice de style, le jeu de Lorne Lanning développe un univers riche et nous livre un jeu d’action aussi surprenant qu’abouti. On n'en attendait pas moins.
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X-Power
Na het iets wat falende Munch, levert Oddworld Inhabitants met deze Stranger een ontzettend aangename titel af. Microsoft zal het zich zeker en vast beklagen, dat ze deze titel uit handen gegeven hebben, want Stranger is ongetwijfeld één van de betere XBOX-games die ik in lange tijd onder handen genomen heb. Het originele uitgangspunt en de solide gameplay, zorgen voor een aparte en frisse ervaring in een genre dat meermaals in herhaling durft te vallen. Het is voornamelijk de presentatie die hier en daar een steek laat vallen, maar laat je dit zeker en vast niet afschrikken. Stranger is een uitstekende titel, die ongetwijfeld een plaatsje waard is in ieders XBOX collectie.
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videogamer.com
Stranger's Wrath is undeniably a great game and one that any self-respecting FPS fan should own, but it feels like so much time was spent on the look and the mechanics of the game that the structure fell to the wayside. Having said this, Stranger's Wrath is still so far ahead of the majority of the dross that's out there, it's untrue. Besides, it's a great ride while it lasts and is without question one of the most refreshing and truly inventive games to ever appear on the Xbox. It'll be a hard-hearted person who doesn't get some enjoyment out of what should rightly be regarded as a modern work of art.
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G4 TV: X-Play
Electronic Arts has a knack for buying geese and getting them to lay golden eggs. First it was Burnout 3, and Stranger's Wrath is almost as monumental an occasion. Few thought Lorne Lanning and his Oddworld Inhabitants crew had it in them, but with EA's help, Stranger's Wrath is a standout Xbox title that not only kicks butt in its own right, but gives the console a niche it was previously missing.
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DreamStation.cc
Live Ammo was definitely a nice change of pace from your, now lame in comparison, regular projectiles. Although a little too easy, with the exception of the final half hour, and too short, Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath is an enjoyable game. Just when the cashing in of bounty after bounty starts to get stale the game takes a considerable twist, making some significant gameplay alterations, which keeps things interesting for the remainder of the game.
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Fragland.net
Although not all games lead to an addiction, there has to be a certain spark when you first play the game making you want to continue playing. I had a hard time forcing me to play the game thoroughly because it just didn’t make me feel anything. The awful voice-overs, the identity crisis and those damn ducks make me long for good ol’ Abe. I sure hope Oddworld Inhabitants thinks the same about this, so please blow some new life force into our beloved anti hero. Abe for president, again!
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Gamereactor (Sweden)
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath är dock en besvikelse för mig. Jag hade hoppats på ett betydligt mer storslaget och varierande äventyr med mer modern spelmekanik, för trots genomarbetad design når inte Stranger högre än det förra spelet i serien; Munch's Oddysee.
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The Video Game Critic
Stranger's Wrath features sharp graphics, finely tuned controls, and first-rate audio. The dialogue is excellent, I really love the little quips from the chipmunks ("hey - you got somethin' hangin' from your nose!"). But as well constructed as the game is, the western motif wore on me, and after the novelty wore off, the game struggled to maintain my attention. Like the first game, Stranger's Wrath is thoughtfully designed but may be too clever for its own good.